Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bulbophyllum echinolabium 'Golden Gate' x self

Bulbophyllum echinolabium 'Golden Gate' x self - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum echinolabium 'Golden Gate' x self as it was just a year ago.I got this plant in bloom two years ago. I have a weakness for these large, long lasting Bulbophyllum species. It is doing well in my hot, wet greenhouse. So well that I needed to re-pot after dividing it a year ago.

Bulbophyllum echinolabium grows in Borneo. It is warm to hot growing and likes high humidity and frequent watering. It is unpleasantly fragrant and blooms in spring and summer.

That is sphanum dust, not bugs, on the plantThis plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 6-inch plastic pot. There are three pseudobulbs and a new growth. The plant stands 12 inches above the pot. I went from a 3 1/2-inch pot all the way to a 6-inch pot. The roots were quite good and the big pseudobulbs need an inch and a half for each generation.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Phal NOID Rebloom

The Phal NOID plants have been outdoors this year. They are in the area last to get light and they are doing very well. The Sonoma greenhouse is much too bright and the Napa greenhouse is too wet.

I have not been cutting the old flower spike unless it is brown and several of the plants are growing new branches on the old stems. I am just letting that happen as it wants to. If these had tags and were a real part of the collection, I would have cut off the stems when the flowers were finished so energy would concentrate on plant growth. In the case of these plants, a few more flowers for the display is nice.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Memoria Roselyn Reisman 'Mendenhall'

I have been looking forward to seeing this plant bloom. It is from the Sea God Nursery by way of a local collector. It has some historic value, having been registered in 1967 and I found a nice picture of the flower on the web.

As the buds started to open I was alarmed to see the faded sections on the petals. This is a what is known as a color break and is the result of a virus. I feared for my collection at first, but now I think it has not had a chance to spread.

I have only had the plant since October. It was re-potted as soon as I got it but not divided. It has never been soaked where other plants have shared water. I have not had mealy or aphids.

So the plant is going in the trash. That includes the pot, which I hate to lose. I am going to keep the hanger which can be cleaned and oven roasted. I am sad to lose the plant but I can never take it to show and tell and have no confidence to manage virused plants.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Phaleanopsis Taisuco Swan x Taisuco Mercy

This is your basic white Phal. I got it as an extreme rescue that lost all its leaves. It was only roots when I mounted it.

Nice Phal hybrids are quite reasonably priced and I would always advise people to just get a new orchid rather than invest the time in Phal rescues. However, I wanted to see if this could be brought back to blooming.

It now has four leaves. The leaves are tiny and not well shaped. They look like leaves on Phals that are getting too much light. I am trying to decide whether to try to find an even shadier spot in the greenhouse or to bring it inside the house. In the house I can reduce the watering to get rid of the alge and encourage root growth.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Orchid Roots

You never know the whole story about the condition of an orchid until you have seen the roots. The top of the plant will live off of stored energy and look good even when the roots are quite damaged. Yes, it will eventually run out and the top will suffer, you won't know until you get it out of the pot.

Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS roots

When I posted about Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS the other day, I predicted that it would bloom this year. This was based more on the roots than on what the top looked like.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Phaleanopsis NOID #6

I am trying to be kinder to my Phal NOID hybrids. They often come to me in bad shape but this year I got some right at the end of blooming that were in better health.

I have learned that if I leave damaged Phals in the pot and medium they came in, they continue to deteriorate. I have begun to re-pot in sphagnum over peanuts in a plastic pot.

This particular Phal had most of its root rotted but had started to grow new roots and the leaves are still in good shape. There is the start of a new leaf in the crown.

The stem was already fully brown and I didn't see any dried flowers. My guess is that the flowers will be white or light colored.

The plants will be outdoors until the nightime lows dip into the low 40s. This will probably be at the end of October. The cool temperatures and the shorter days will help initiate new spikes. The plants will spend the winter in Sonoma.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Brassanthe Maikai

This plant bloomed in March. At that time I saw that it was ready to go over the edge of the pot and needed to be re-potted. I waited until now because the new growth had not started.

Brassanthe Maikai - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Brassanthe Maikai - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI put the plant in bark over peanuts in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are eight pseudobulbs and it stands eight inches above the pot. There are five new growths. This hybrid is a classic, Brassavola nodosa x Guarianthe bowringiana. Renamed from Bc Maikai, registered in 1944.

I removed four pseudobulbs to shape the plant but tried to avoid taking a lead division. This is the collection plant in the Sonoma collection and I want to have it put on a good show when it blooms again.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS

Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI talk about improving my collection using backbulbs and rescues. I have several plants that I could never afford to buy. This is one of them. What I got was a two-pseudobulb backbulb division. The lead divisions from this same plant sold for a LOT of money on EBay.

The plant was a 2-pseudobulb backbulb division when I got it.Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS is Blc Memoria Ralph Placentia x Blc Oconee, registered in 1987 by Carter and Holmes. It is a deep red, almost black. It has a velvety texture and the flowers are about 6" across.

Last year I grew two more pseudobulbs but didn't bloom. This spring a strong new growth started right next to the edge. To make room I repotted it in a slightly bigger pot.

This new growth is the fifth pseudobulb and looks as if it will be full-sized. I have my fingers crossed that it will bloom in the fall.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Encyclia dickinsoniana

Encyclia dickinsoniana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe Encyclia dickinsoniana is in bloom. I have had it a little over a year and it is not larger. It has a new pseudobulb but one died. Although it bloomed last year, I suspect it is not bright enough. It is low and faces the north wall.

Encyclia dickinsoniana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia dickinsoniana grows in Mexico down to Nicaragua in mountain forests at about 1000'. It is fragrant, warm to hot growing and blooms spring and summer. The genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. They prefer intermediate conditions and a long, dry winter rest.

I could leave the plant as-is for another year. Another option I am considering is to un-mount and divide it. One part on a new mount and the other potted.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Brassavola nodosa

Brassavola nodosa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOne of the best plants in the Sonoma collection is a specimen Brassavola nodosa originally from Andy's Orchids. It is in bloom now and will probably stay in bloom all through the summer and early fall.

Brassavola nodosa - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBrassavola nodosa grows just about anywhere in the Brassavola range that is wet and hot. It needs bright light and blooms spring and fall. The genus Brassavola (B) contains 18 species which grow in all the tropical lowlands of the New World. They are fragrant, mostly at night with a citrus fragrance.

In 2010 I removed a half dozen small divisions. I put them bare root in plastic baskets and they grew well that way. Last year I left it to grow. Now that the growing season has started I will remove some more around the edges to clean up the appearance. I will sell them later this year and next spring.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Neofinetia falcata

Neofinetia falcata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergNeofinetia falcata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis Neofinetia falcata was a single fan seedling when I got it two years ago. It was surrounded by a much larger Neofinetia falcata and was probably from the same compot. I mounted it on a 3x4-inch piece of cork bark. The first year it hardly grew at all. Now it is blooming and starting two new fans.

Neofinetia falcata grows in Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands. The species grows on deciduous trees and get more light in winter. They are fragrant and tolerate a wide range of temperatures. The genus Neofinetia (Neof) contains 3 species from Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands.

This is at the top of the greenhouse where it is very warm, very bright and very wet.